Unfortunately Yodel's lesson for Come When Called was tonight, not a few weeks ago, when he got loose. While he would come close when called, he wouldn't come all the way. It eventually took several people to wrangle him. So tonight we played recall games like Puppy Ping Pong, and used the Premack Principle to teach him that coming to us is fun! He did very well and is on his way to a reliable recall.
Mitzi is steered by her nose and, therefore, has a habit of pulling when on leash when she catches a scent. Today we taught her that walking near us and offering us eye contact earned her a food reward as well as the opportunity to keep moving forward. Within a matter of a few minutes Mitzi was walking without pulling!
We taught Oreo how to Wait, Stay, and Go to Bed. By the end of our session he was staying
as we walked out of sight, up and down steps, and to the door. These new skills will give Oreo
something to do instead of getting too excited and jumping on people.
Luna has done so very well with her training. She even goes to her mat and waits when
someone comes to the door. Tonight we took her on a socialization walk around the
neighborhood where we saw all kinds of people, including kids, and she met another puppy! Trucks still make her a little nervous but she is getting better each time she sees one.
Sophie did very well learning how to walk without pulling. We first taught her how to Heel so she learned to pay more attention to us. Then we used a very high rate of reinforcement of
yummy treats so being near us was worth it. Great job!
Scarlet pulls when she walks and lunges at cars driving by. To help her we first taught her how to Heel in order to get her to pay more attention to us. She is very food motivated and this was a breeze. We then used a high rate of reinforcement to teach her how to walk nicely without pulling. At first she remained focused on us because of the food, but eventually she relaxed and enjoyed sniffing, but without pulling! Then, when a car went by we simply asked her to sit and look at us. Problem solved!
One of the goals for Sophie is for her to be a therapy dog, but to do that she must learn to
greet without jumping. Over the past week her person has worked very hard on Sophie's name
recognition and Look at Me. Today she saw many people, including children, at a park and
she did great. All that clicking and treating for eye contact really paid off!
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI